Blind Climber Visits Fairfax Campus

Posted: November 4, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Erik Weihenmeyer, completely blind since the age of 13, speaks about his life and accomplishments on Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at Harris Theater.

Weihenmeyer has scaled some of the world’s most challenging mountains, including Denali (20,320 feet, the highest mountain on the North American continent), Aconcagua (22,850 feet, the highest peak in the Western hemisphere), Kilimanjaro (19,335 feet, the highest mountain in Africa), and the Nose Route of El Capitan–a “Big Wall climb” up a sheer granite face more than 3,000 feet high. In addition, Weihenmeyer has biked across Vietnam, hiked 50 miles rim to rim across the Grand Canyon, and logged more than 60 skydives.

Currently in training for a 100-mile, five-day stage race in the Himalayas in late October, Weihenmeyer will share his inspiring story of meeting challenges and achieving remarkable goals. Tickets are $5 and are on sale at all Hudson Trail Outfitters. All proceeds benefit the George Mason GEO Club and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.

The event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Geography and Earth Science Department, and the GEO Club. For more information, send e-mail to Also see pictures of Erik’s adventures and a brief bio.

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